All corn does not pop. A seed or kernel
of corn must have 14 percent water in it to pop. Other kinds of corn have less
water and do not pop. When you put a kernel of corn on a fire, the water inside
makes the corn explode. This makes a "pop" noise. That is why we call
The American Indians popped corn a long
time ago. The Indians knew there were three kinds of corn. There was sweet corn
for eating, corn for animals, and corn for popping. The Indians introduced corn
to the first settlers, or Pilgrims, when they came to America in 1620. One year
after they came, the Pilgrims had a Thanksgiving dinner. They invited the
Indians. The Indians brought food with them One Indian brought popcorn!
Since that time Americans continued to
pop corn at home. But in 1945 there was a new machine that changed the history
of popcorn. This electric machine popped corn outside the home. Soon movie
theaters started to sell popcorn to make more money. Popcorn at the movies
became more and more popular. Today, Americans still continue the custom of
eating popcorn at the movies.
Americans use 500,000 pounds of popcorn
every year. Many people like to put salt and melted butter on their popcorn.
Some people eat it without salt or butter. Either way--Americans love their